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Planning amidst uncertainty

The only thing that is certain about the future is the fact that it is uncertain.

One of the aspects that are assessed in personality tests is the degree to which someone is comfortable with change; the contrast being preference for a more predictable environment, i.e. maintaining the status quo. This implies that some people experience the uncertainty of the future as less threatening than others.

We live in times of great uncertainty. Tom Peters writes in one of his books that even working for a big company does not ... continue reading

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Meaningful work

Two days after I previously wrote about the purpose behind everything we do, I sat in a meeting where we discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and job creation. One person suggested that we should not only focus on job creation, but at creating meaningful jobs.

But when exactly is the work that you do meaningful?

It seems that when you understand the purpose of what you need to do, that you may experience the work as more meaningful.

You may experience a job as meaningless when your personality and skill ... continue reading

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The future of your job?

Few people have ever stood on top of Mt Everest. To be the first, took extra special courage. Imagine you were Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mt Everest. You needed to plan for something for which no guidelines or instructions existed. You plan as best you can for something that can only be described as uncertain.

This is the same kind of situation we currently experience when we plan for the future.

We are now preparing kids at school for jobs that may be extinct before they retire.

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Bullshit Jobs

It is always interesting to see what will pique people’s interest.

David Graeber, a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics wrote a short article titled On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. To his amazement within a short while it was translated into 15 languages and students posted parts of it in London’s Underground on the walls. As a result Graeber decided to do more research on the topic and finally wrote a book with the title Bullshit Jobs.

Recently the book was discussed at the ... continue reading

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